It’s the first four-team bye week of 2019 and that means possible headaches for fantasy owners. The Bills, Raiders, Bears and Colts all take a seat. I’m feeling good about my value picks that covers off each of the skilled positions for your Week 6 DFS rosters.
Check out my sleepers below for Sunday’s DraftKings slate of games and, as always, hit me up with any fantasy football questions on Twitter @AndyMc81 using #AskAndy.
Gardner Minshew II, QB, JAX vs. NO ($5,000)The time is finally right to buy into “Minshew Mania” for fantasy purposes, DK players. We’ve hit that perfect blend of sustained production and salary value that makes this cult favorite moustachioed quarterback a solid starter option in your lineups.
Minshew’s generally owned (as of Tuesday) in less than 26% of season-long leagues, and has delivered more consistent fantasy production than eight other QBs at or above his $5,000 DK salary. Maybe it’s the cool bandana, but I’m a believer!
The rookie executed his best fantasy week last Sunday in the loss to Carolina (27.16) and averaged 19.5 DKFP so far in 2019. Next up is a visit from the Saints, a defense that’s allowed the second most fantasy points to QBs.
Minshew does need to cut down on the fumbles, however, and he’s demonstrated an ability to scramble and a fearlessness to chuck up the rock. Jump on the bandwagon and slot him in!
Devante Parker, WR, MIA vs. WAS ($4,200)It won’t be very often that you see a Miami Dolphin on any positive fantasy lists this season, but for Week 6 I’m giving the nod to Parker.
Quietly, this WR and QB Josh Rosen ($4,500) have developed some chemistry over the past three games that resulted in their first touchdown connection last Sunday. Miami’s ability to score is horrendous, however, Parker’s averaged a healthy target share of six per game and a combined 126 yards in his past two outings.
The arrow continues to turn upward for the 6-foot-3 receiver as the Dolphins face a Washington group ranked 30th in DKFP to WRs. As these pair of inept franchises lock horns, there’s a real shot at some quality contrarian fantasy points with the addition of Parker to your roster.
Ito Smith, RB, ATL at ARI ($4,300)Having four teams on bye makes the hunt for an affordable RB2 or Flex running back even more difficult than usual.
During Atlanta’s disappointing 1-4 start, Smith’s slapped together back-to-back double-digit DKFP efforts (12.4, 11.1). That comes primarily from the passing side where he’s inhaled eight-of-10 targets to go alongside seven carries and a touchdown. Certainly not prolific numbers, but serviceable as a reliable checkdown for Matt Ryan ($6,400)
The Falcons head into Arizona and this is where the matchup benefits Smith as a pass-catcher. The Cardinals are stout versus the run (eighth), however, these desert birds are third worst in the NFL for fantasy points given up to QBs. This puts the sophomore in a good spot to exploit his inconsistent opponent, and serve up another 10-plus DKFP performance.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, CLE vs. SEA ($3,300)There’s not much love for the Cleveland Browns after that massacre on Monday Night Football to San Francisco. Don’t let that stinker blind you to the upside of the athletic Seals-Jones, especially with the shallow tight end pool as Darren Waller, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are all on byes.
Seals-Jones shone as a playmaker (82 yards, TD) in place for the injured David Njoku during Cleveland’s Week 4 bashing of Baltimore. Was that a fluke? Perhaps, but I feel the converted WR is the perfect end zone fade mismatch or jump-ball chain mover at 6-foot-5 and 243 lbs.
The Seahawks will surely look to double-team Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,800) and limit Jarvis Landry ($5,200), all the while trying to keep the dangerous Nick Chubb ($7,300) in check. I like the odds of Seals-Jones getting some open looks and a chance at a big afternoon against a Seattle defense that’s struggled to contain TEs in their first five games.
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